Buba is a genius; he pulls a "dine and dash" at the Italian barber and laughs at the bonobos because they only last thirteen seconds... What is this thing? It's an unintentionally cinematic, sublime jest divided into two parts, effortlessly introducing both Zappa into the Chamber and the Art Bears into the most controlled chaos. The Belgians Hardscore, on their third album "Monkey Trial" (Margen, 2004), tease him even in their shadows, wry and sharp. They are capable of devising the most intricate arrangements in the entire vanguard of European Progressive Avant-Jazz, all with a smile on their faces. Their display of skills is so impressive that I would never subject an aspiring musician to listen to this album. Well, it depends on who you ask... A little gem, another one, from the Margen catalog. If you can listen to "Carmine Inspiration" and its deep/easy drift without shuddering, we'll close Arzak whenever you say.
Frank Nuyts is one of the greats! A contemporary composer of symphonies, sonatas... And in his free time, he creates these wonders, surrounded by the best. Now, he returns with "Beat Love Oracle," perhaps a more restrained project, a fusion of chamber music, as he likes to call it, but equally satisfying for those hungry for sonic creativity like us. A couple of posts below, you'll find Carlos's analysis of this project. Coming soon on vinyl for the most discerning enthusiasts!
Photography Jana Arns.
A barbaric marvel from Beat Love Oracle, a spin-off band of the exciting Hardscore by Frank Nuyts, released digitally last year and now finally available in physical format. They've promised me that the sound is going to be devilishly leonine. What on earth does it sound like, you ask? Like enchanting Jazz free from harmful additives, like Free glory and the delicious result of baking the playful and sublime salvos of Hardscore at a tranquil temperature, on the bed of Tim Garland, and drizzling them with the audacious and captivating effusions of Gary Burton. Should I order two copies just in case I lose one? (Carlos Torrecilla, Kiss That Prog)
"All together, and the 'together' refers to their synchronized rhythms and the almost telepathic mental connection they demonstrate in action, they set in motion 'Who's Counting?,' the debut album of this 'chamber fusion' quartet..." "Ideas emerge naturally, giving rise to a fluid discourse, at times controlled yet eccentric, branching out from rock eclecticism to jazz and high-flying improvisation solos. 'Zappa, the landscapes of Canterbury, and avant-garde jazz take a stroll here.' (La Carne Magazine)"
How nice to read the authoritative opinion of fans (if I say experts won't like it) with thousands of records heard in their backpack, about Beat Love Oracle's Counting. ′′ What a joy. The Beat Love Oracle are taking Jazz to unimaginable creativity quotas, flirting with the Chamber and the most jovial of the RIO's and doing so with a smile on their face. Lush. They are so good and sound so fresh... if this isn't Vanguard, nothing can be... One of my albums of the year without a doubt and, if it were little, they sound exultant in vinyl." (Carlos Torrecilla Abenoza) ′′ They are tremendous, of the best of the year, I would even add that they have some Zappian influence Amazing